Congrats on your new horse and I hope you're prepared for the addiction that will follow. You have nothing to fear about the Wheel Horse Automatic tractors. They are very strong runners. Before you get the engine running take some time to ask a few of the guys on here some questions. Tecumsehs are one of the more finicky tractor engines on a Wheel Horse and it may be what the issue is with yours as to why it wont start. I would do a quick oil change in the engine and hit your local Toro dealer and pick up a new hydro filter for the transaxle. If you dont have a Toro dealer local hit up a NAPA auto parts store and buy filter #1410. Its a true hydraulic filter and is made by Wix for Napa. Its as good or even better than OEM. Grab a new 5 qt bottle of the 10w-30 oil of your choice and drain/refill the transmission and replace the filter. From there move to the troubleshooting
1.)Does it turn over and at least crank?
2.)If not, is the battery dead and just need a jump?
3.)If it does crank, does it try to start?
4.)If not, Pull the spark plug and check for spark while you crank. If you have spark while you're cranking reinstall the plug and try and put a small shot of starting fluid or squirt some fuel in the carb and see if it fires. At this point it should do something, as you have air, fuel and spark.
5.)If it doesn't, do a compression check to be sure you have good pressure.
IF you do get it to pop and start or run for a second or 2, run yourself a new fuel line, replace the filter, put some brand new hi octane gas without ethanol if you can get that in Cali. If not, add some Seafoam to it to stabilize your 93 octane and keep things clean.
Dont you worry abut your vid..we love pics and videos!!!
One thing that just popped into my head was make sure you have your parking brake lever up. It disconnects your transmission and takes the load off the engine while starting....Good luck and keep us informed
Jeff in Zion Grove, Pennsylvania
1960 Suburban 400
1961 Suburban 551
1971 Charger 12 Automatic with a 42" plow nicknamed "Ol' Rustbucket"
1973 Wheel Horse18 Auto spinning a 60" deck from a 520 AKA "Da Beast"
1974 C-160 8 Speed with a 42" RD deck
1996 Toro Wheel Horse 416 Hydro with a 1977 48" Pow-R-Rake model 100 powered dethatcher
Going GREEN is fine, except when it comes to tractors.....Then it better be RED in that shed !!!